Recycling several old computers & servers
My company is writting off some old hardware. I have on my hands a dozen of Compaq desktops (Pentium II, 128Mb RAM, 6Gb HDD), and a couple of HP servers (Pentium III, 256Mb RAM with various raidable hard-disks ranging between 8 and 18Gb each).
I played around with various distributions on the Compaqs (DSL, Xubuntu...), but what I'm looking for is a way to easily set-up these workstations to network into one or two of my old servers.
Most likely, I'll end up donating the lot to a school, so I first had a play with Edubuntu. But its too greedy for the Compaqs. Could I turn them into dumb-terminals and let them access a server-based Edubuntu or similar? Also, being in France, it would be handy if the systems could be in French.
Any other suggestions on how to best recycle this lot of oldware is most welcome.
I am no expert in Linux (obviously) and do appreciate any help and links you guys could submit.